Almost half of UK employees still unwilling to be whistleblowers

 Processes to support and enable whistleblowers in organisations across Europe do not work effectively, research from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has revealed.

This is despite an increased awareness of formal ethics programmes at work, reports the CIPD.
The IBE Ethics of Work survey for Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, suggests that employees are less positive about their experiences of ethics at work than they were in 2012.
In the UK, 86 per cent of employees said that their organisation has written ethical standards, but 45 per cent of workers were still unwilling to flag up concerns about misconduct.
And 61 per cent of UK respondents who did speak up said they were dissatisfied with the outcome. This represents a huge rise in dissatisfaction among whistleblowers as survey results for the three years before show that 30 per cent were unhappy with the outcome.
Across continental Europe, honesty was reported to be practiced less frequently in 2015, and employees said they were more aware of misconduct happening in their organisation than they were in 2012.
Simon Webley, IBE’s research director, said if organisations wanted employees to have confidence that action would be taken when they raised concerns, they would have to remove perceived barriers for potential whistleblowers.

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